Full-time Faculty – History
South Seattle College (main campus) is seeking a full-time, tenure track History faculty member who is invested in developing dynamic, anti-bias anti-racist (ABAR)-centric curricula, cultivating authentic student engagement and self-reflection. We invite candidates invested in developing their holistic understanding and compassion for diverse experiences and a plurality of knowledges to co-create with like-minded faculty in the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) new systems and innovative pedagogies which serve our students and community.
This position will shape the direction of the AHSS History department as the lead full-time faculty working collaboratively with part-time colleagues as well as faculty in related disciplines. We are seeking applicants energized by interdisciplinary projects, curriculum development, and serving students at a community college. AHSS faculty invite students to bring their lived experiences, knowledges, and whole selves to the classroom, and we look for full-time faculty prepared to create supportive and welcoming learning environments for students and colleagues to flourish.
The successful candidate will teach classes in American history as well as global civilizations and/or regional histories. Additionally, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty and community partners to revise current curriculum. The position offers ample opportunity for developing new courses grounded in the candidate’s vision for teaching histories with a foundation in indigeneity/Indigenous studies, social justice, and anti-racist, culturally responsive pedagogies. The faculty member will work effectively with students, colleagues, staff, and community members in a campus culture that centers student success and multicultural understanding.
The full-time position starts Fall Quarter 2022. All faculty (FT or PT) teach on part-time contracts during the summer quarter, as per the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) collective bargaining agreement.
About South Seattle College and the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:
Celebrating over 50 years, South Seattle College is one of three colleges in the Seattle Colleges District serving approximately 15,000 students each year. South Seattle College’s main campus is located on the traditional land of the Duwamish people in West Seattle, with satellite campuses at Georgetown, the New Holly Learning Center, and the Harbor Island Training Center.
Our broad array of programs includes over 25 professional and technical career training programs, Basic and Transitional Studies, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Business degrees to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, in addition to three B.A.S. (bachelor of applied science) degrees. We also serve students concurrently enrolled in high school as well as English Language Learners, and we offer continuing education classes.
At South Seattle College, equity, diversity, inclusion, and community are central to the education of our students and the thriving of all members of our faculty, staff, and the larger community. South Seattle College aspires to be an actively anti-bias and anti-racist learning institution. This aspiration is ongoing, evolving and institution-wide, and it requires deep personal and collective commitment and accountability. We proudly support our first-generation students, immigrants, refugees, undocumented students, LGBTQIA+ students, veterans, international students, Running Start students, and students of all abilities through innovative resources. We empower the campus community to explore, engage, and celebrate intersectional equity.
The division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) embraces dynamic instruction, inclusivity, and student empowerment as essential to our mission. Faculty within AHSS are deeply invested in growing our instructional community with values rooted in using teaching as a tool to dismantle the systemic racism, colonialism, and imperialism implicit to higher education. Studying histories with intention and dedication to grappling with the layered complexity of the past and present is a cornerstone of all AHSS disciplines.
Faculty also access and reflect on individual positionality and identity within the classroom environment to holistically care for students as whole persons enrolled in an open access institution. They understand their disciplines as pivotal opportunities within education to carve out new practices of social justice and cultural healing. They practice life-long learning and use the inspiration of professional and personal growth in learning with students and colleagues to evolve teaching practice and curricula.
- Attached current Resume
- Attached cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job
- Required application materials must be completed and submitted online
What you will be working on: (please keep it to 10 bullets describing what successful candidates will accomplish / achieve)
- Offering a strong vision for building a History department which is responsive to college values, student need, and interdisciplinary faculty/staff partnerships in related areas of instruction.
- Developing curricula which welcome histories and diverse perspectives that move beyond traditional course offerings, inviting students’ experiences, indigenous ways of knowing, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Designing and implementing assessment and grading practices which center ABAR pedagogical frameworks and values.
- Centering historical voices that have been marginalized by welcoming the experiences, stories, and knowledges from historically marginalized peoples in learning spaces.
- Embracing students’ prior knowledge and lived experience as foundational to learning in the history classroom; recognizing students as co-creators of the curriculum and classroom community norms and values.
- Teaching 15 credit hours per quarter (Fall / Winter / Spring).
- Performing professional responsibilities as specified in the faculty collective bargaining agreement.
- Teaching survey History courses (US, world) and regional and special topics courses.
- Delivering innovative instruction serving diverse learning styles and educational backgrounds for a variety of career and academic pathways.
- Engaging stakeholders (students, higher ed partners, student services, indigenous community) to help inform department growth.
- Contributing to the college by engaging in instruction-adjacent work (e.g., serving on committees, revising/reviewing course outlines, assessment norming, and faculty-driven initiatives).
- Building, facilitating, and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships and collaborative teams.
- Actively participating in the evolution of South as an ABAR institution through engaging in professional development, district/campus initiatives, and individual projects.
What you bring as a candidate:
(Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)
- Demonstrated teaching experience within diverse communities and settings.
- Knowledge of History instruction, contemporary issues, perspectives, and critical approaches.
- Experience utilizing practices informed by equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- MA in History or related field (degree conferred by Fall 2022)
- Background designing and implementing new courses, programs, or curricula (classes, workshops, instructional modules, public-facing events)
- Demonstrated engagement in connecting with and building collaborative relationships across diverse communities.
- Familiarity with or willingness to learn instructional technologies and modalities (e.g., using learning management systems such as Canvas to teach online, hybrid and/or web-enhanced courses, using online databases, and library resources).